In order to maintain a reliable, stable computer, maintenance is a must Computers have many internal parts that must be checked periodically, especially moving parts like fans. Something as simple as a fan can cause a catastrophic failure that could lead to big dollar repairs. If your CPU fan fails the CPU can actually melt. Your computer collects a lot of dust, which is destructive to the fans and other components, and can cause freezes, system instability. Over time your hard drive fills up with unnecessary files. Some of these files can be intrusive, like
These files among many others can clog up your system, slowing down your overall performance. You must also keep Operating Systems and Anti-Virus programs up to date to ensure the highest of security.
What is Spyware?
The term spyware refers to software that gathers personal information from your computer, sometimes without your knowledge.
The information is often used for advertising purposes.
Spyware may cause your computer to slow down or encounter errors. Spyware has also been known to cause unwanted pop-up advertisements, an inability to connect to the Internet, and problems printing. Spyware applications can be bundled as a hidden component of freeware or shareware programs that can be downloaded from the Internet. Once installed, spyware can monitor your activity on the Internet and transmit that information to a third party. Some forms of spyware can gather information about e-mail addresses, passwords, and even credit card numbers. A common way to get spyware is through installation of file-swapping programs that are used to download music and movies from the Internet.